Foreign workers, students, unqualified family help may be in service at Hungary’s summer leisure facilities this year to cope with the dramatic shortage of labour although the high season in tourism is upon us, Magyar Idők (Hungarian Times) reported on Thursday.
The article underlines that several places, including B&Bs, cafeterias and restaurants have not been opened yet because they are such short-staffed. Austria, the Benelux, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are the main destinations for Hungarians in the catering and tourism sectors.
Cooks earn 100 000 to 150 000 forints more on average [a month] west from here and foreign hotels and catering businesses are pulling in Hungarians, said Gábor Antalffy, managing president of the National Federation of Traders and Caterers (Kisosz).
He told the paper that the tenders of the Economic Development and Innovative Operative Program (GINOP) ensure the labour supply via training support but these courses will not solve the shortage of labour this year. Additionally, it should be a condition that those enrolling in the programme must pledge to take a job in Hungary for a specific period.
Antalffy said the planned reduction of VAT on restaurant services next year is a great help for Hungarian companies, as it leaves larger resources at the firms to raise wages but the preferential VAT rate should be implemented already this year. via portfolio.hu